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Emerald Buddha Resin Replica - Statue Summer Attire 11" Tall

Emerald Buddha Resin Replica - Statue Summer Attire 11" Tall


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Replica cast resin likeness of the Emerald Buddha Statue dressed in Summer attire 11" tall. 

Following several lifetimes of itinerant globetrotting, the palladium of the Kingdom of Thailand, the Emerald Buddha, is finally returned to its intended location in Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand, on this day in 1784.

According to legend, the Buddha was created in present-day Patna, India, in 43 BC by Nagazena, a Brahmin-turned-Buddhist sage. The 45-centimeter-tall figurine made of a single piece of green jadeite (not emerald) depicts a sitting Buddha clothed in fine gold. The Emerald Buddha was revered in India for 300 years before being sent to Sri Lanka to protect that country from civil war.

The legend continues that in 457, King Anuruth of Burma sent a mission to Ceylon to request Buddhist scriptures and the Emerald Buddha to promote Buddhism in Burma. Though the request was granted, the ship lost its way on its return to India and landed instead in Cambodia. The Emerald Buddha enjoyed an opulent home in Angkor Wat before the Thais captured it in 1432. The Buddha reportedly stopped in Laos, and Cambodian historians recorded its capture in their famous “Preah Ko Preah Keo” legend. The well-traveled Buddha was then carted off to Ayutthaya, Kamphaeng Phet, and Chiang Rai, all in present-day Thailand, where a city ruler hid it. There, the Buddha statue remained until an earthquake struck the city, cracking a stucco wall of a pagoda and revealing a glinting gleam of green jade. The Buddha was unearthed, mistaken for emerald, and given its misnomer of a name.

At this point in the legend, the Emerald Buddha takes on legendary status: King Sam Fang Kaen of Lannathai reportedly wanted the Buddha in his capital, Chiang Mai, but when an elephant carrying it refused, three times, to turn in the direction of Chiang Mai, it was taken as a divine sign and the elephant allowed to have the Emerald Buddha where it pleased. The Buddha continued its southeast-Asian circuit, stopping in Lampang, Chiang Mai, the Lao capital of Luang Prabang, and Vientiane.

Finally, in 1779, Thai General Chao Phraya Chakri captured Vientiane and returned the Emerald Buddha to present-day Thailand. When he went on to become King Rama I of Thailand, Chakri, amid a lavish ceremony, moved the Emerald Buddha to its current home in Wat Phra Kaew on 22 March 1784.

Since then, the Emerald Buddha has stayed in the main temple in Wat Phra Kaew, finally resting after nearly two centuries of wandering. At the changing seasons, the King of Thailand changes the Emerald Buddha’s fine gold clothing to three gold outfits for the three seasons of Thailand.

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